Stress and Your Skin, Hair, Nails and More

Someone recently asked: “I’m under a lot of stress and I noticed changes in my hair, skin and nails. Is there any connection?” The answer is a big, fat yes.

One reason for poor hair, skin and nail health is due to over-secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. When it’s over-secreted, it will look to replenish itself by borrowing components from our estrogen stores. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep us youthful, so when stores become depleted, we age faster. (You know how someone “looks like they’ve had a hard life”? That’s the physical effect of over-secreted stress hormones.)

Another way stress negatively affects hair, skin and nail health is that it deteriorates the skin’s natural ability to protect against invasion. Pollution and toxins are harsh on the skin and alter the way it repairs and regenerates itself. Stress also decreases tone and elasticity of the skin, creating a more aged look.

Increased cortisol can also slow down skin regeneration by slowing the rate of cell turnover, leaving skin dull. While this is happening, adrenaline, which is also released under stress, redirects blood away from the skin to where it’s more needed at the time. This can contribute to a dull look.  Continue reading “Stress and Your Skin, Hair, Nails and More”

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Looking for Bioidentical Hormones or Breast Thermography?

Village Green would like to introduce you to Lynn Dudley, MSHS, PA-C, CCT. She is a Physician’s Assistant available for bioidentical hormone (BHRT) consultations and thermography appointments. She sees patients in Bethesda the first Wednesday of each month in the doctor’s office across from Village Green, in Suite 202-A.

Lynn is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced physician’s assistant who has been working with Dr. Mark Sivieri (evidence-based medicine) for 7 years. Lynn has a master’s degree in Health Sciences with Physician Assistant Certification from George Washington University, and she is a Certified Clinical Thermographer. She is also a Certified Lifestyle Coach. Lynn specializes in women’s health issues, including bioidentical hormone replacement, breast thermography, hormonal, endocrine, and metabolic dysfunction, nutrition and lifestyle education, and children’s health issues. Continue reading “Looking for Bioidentical Hormones or Breast Thermography?”

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4 New Consultation Services Now Available at Village Green

We are excited to expand our consultation services to include four new types of consultations. Our professional staff of nutritionists, naturopathic doctors, and herbalist have been conducting nutrition counseling, wellness consultations, recommending specialty testing, and providing supplement reviews both in-store and by phone for many years now. With our new expanded list of services, we can even better serve our customers and provide greater individualized care. The next time you come into the store, ask for a copy of our Practitioners and Services information sheets to learn more, or click here access this information online.

New consultation services include:

Drug/Nutrient Interactions & Depletions Consultation
Prescription medications can deplete your body of important nutrients. Our experts can help determine which key nutrients you need to combat any possible imbalance. We offer a nutrient analysis test that can measure levels of your vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Our practitioners can also help to ensure that the supplements and medications you are taking are working safely and synergistically with one another. Please bring in your medications and supplements for a thorough review. Continue reading “4 New Consultation Services Now Available at Village Green”

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